A renaissance is underway in my hometown of Okmulgee, Oklahoma with new investment in the downtown area by individuals and public institutions (especially OSU Institute of Technology). I visited a few weeks ago during the ChiliFest and had the opportunity to tour some of the downtown buildings where renovations are either planned or underway. These buildings made up the familiar cityscape of my childhood and most had fallen into disrepair. Now, many are being restored for residential and business use. It’s an exciting time in Okmulgee as a core group of believers lead a huge shift in the community’s perception of itself. The word is spreading . . . Okmulgee’s rising!
Photos from building tour:
Julie Roberds on the Bell Block
Future courtyard behind the Torbett Buildling
Julie exiting the Torbett Building
Julie and Frank Roberds inspecting the construction underway in the McBrayer Building
East side of the Commerce Building
Artist rendering a likeness of Will Sampson on the Council House lawn
Leah Jackson entering the Kennedy Building for a tour
Map of the Creek Nation circa 1898 in an upper story office of the Kennedy Building
Mr. Kennedy’s desk
A safe in the Kennedy Building
Office door in the Kennedy Building
View of the cupola on top of the Council House from the Kennedy Building
Jane Morgan finds the one key that still works on a derelict piano in the ballroom on the third floor of the Kennedy Building
Ron Drake gives his daughter a whirl in the ballroom of the Kennedy Building as his wife looks on
Staircase in the McCulloch Building
Seats in a room of the Masonic Lodge on the top floor of the McCulloch Building (damaged by fire)
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3 thoughts on “Okmulgee Rising!”
Great job, Susan! It’s a revolution – that’s for sure! Okmulgee is Rising indeed!
Big time progress and is looking great! thanks for all your hard work. Dietra Dooley-Lewis